Friday marks one year since a gunshots erupted during a Bible study at a Charleston church, killing nine people, and sending shockwaves through the coastal city, the state, and across the nation.
The church’s pastor, SC Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was among the victims, along with Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Susan Jackson, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, Ethel Lance, and Myra Thompson.
Numerous events are scheduled to remember the victims, who have since become known as “the Emanuel 9,” and to continue to move the community forward.
The commemoration began on Wednesday, with Emanuel’s new lead pastor, Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, and Rev. Anthony Thompson returning to the passages from Mark Chapter Two that the Emanuel 9 were studying on the night of the shooting.
On Friday, multiple services will be held at the church, along with a community dinner, and other events to mark the anniversary.
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